Time flies when you are having fun… or teaching youth job skills, supporting local farms, and making amazing food!
Over the past month, our Harvest Kitchen culinary job training program for youth involved with the RI Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF)’s juvenile justice or foster care services has graduated two classes, assisted our trainees with “next steps” for job readiness, and begun the interview process for our next sessions: HK 18 & 19.
But these interviews are different than our previous 17 sessions. A whopping 30 youth were referred to us this time around — not only from DCYF’s Juvenile Corrections Division but also from the Child Welfare Services Program.
Historically, many of our alumni were open to both programs. But referrals coming to us from both of these programs now allows Harvest Kitchen to work with more youth who have had significant barriers to employment. Harvest Kitchen is thrilled to extend our job training services to these young men and women! We look forward to helping them get their footing in our production kitchen soon!